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Tacoma crime news and notes from March

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2008 3:00 pm

The monthly reports for March were recently posted on the Tacoma Police Department’s web site. (I found every one except Sector 2. When I see that one, I’ll add it.)

Sector 1: Tacoma police responded to a large fight outside the Pacific Lounge, 2409 Pacific Ave., on March 16. Several “violent” members of the crowd dispersed after officers used pepper spray. Afterward, Tacoma police learned the business had not paid its electricity and water bills so the power was cut off. The club decided to close.

The community liaison officers also spent time dealing with transient camps and problem houses.

Sector 3: The 47th Street corridor continued to see an increase in gang activity.

Community liaison officers have been working on a drug/prostitution house in the 7400 block of South Warner Street. The house has been the source of several complaints. The property has been sold and the tenants issued a 20-day vacate notice.

Sector 4: Officers responded to four drive-by shootings, including one in which a man was shot in the chest. The victim’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

Community liaison officers were working on several problem locations. For instance, a chronic nuisance order was served on the owners of Latitude 84 night club. A house that tested positive for meth inside was boarded up.

Gang unit: The gang officers confiscated three guns and seized six grams of marijuana, 77 grams of crack cocaine, 31 grams of powder cocaine and one ounce of heroin. In addition, 15 Department of Corrections offenders were arrested.

The officers also attended a “Gangs Across America” conference in Las Vegas.

Traffic unit:
The traffic officers investigated two deadly accidents in March. They issued 1,119 infractions, with drivers in Sector 4 receiving the most tickets (395).

There were also 2,147 violations issued from the red light cameras.

K-9 unit: Tacoma’s police dogs went out on 20 calls and conducted 10 tracks. They made no arrests.

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